Don’t Like It? Walk Away.

I saw this on Tempis Fugit:

I have to say, it gets a bit tiring having to explain the concept of “just walk away” so many times. Unless we’re talking about something that is a crime, most issues can be handled by a simple “Don’t like it? Don’t shop/go/look/buy there.”

Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t attend any.

Don’t like Wal-Mart or Starbucks? Don’t shop there or work there.

Don’t like violence on TV? Don’t watch TV.

Don’t like pornographic magazines? Don’t look at them.

Don’t like companies who make large profits? Don’t purchase their products or services.

There is no “right to remain unoffended.” Screw you and your sensibilities. Freedom trumps your feelings every time. We need less regulation, not more. We need more freedom, not less.

And just think about this, O protectors of America: If enough people just walk away, these offensive people/places/things will cease to be. I believe this to be the very principle that our country was founded on.

We have a right and obligation to stand up for what we believe to be right. However, we do not have a right to force our views on others. At times, it may be a fine line between our social obligation and forcing our morals on others, but that is the line we must walk.

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2 Responses to Don’t Like It? Walk Away.

  1. I agree with you, but only to a certain extent, and was in fact pondering about how to blog about this very issue. You see, I think there are moral absolutes, and while walking away will solve the problem for some people, there are always people who will avail themselves of what is immoral or illegal, and I think that desensitizes the rest of society.

    For instance, our supreme court has recently based some of their rulings on European precedents. I thought that was why we wanted independence from England, but OK. Yesterday I read that the UK’s health service was trying to overturn a court ruling obtained by a 45-year-old man who has cerebellar ataxia, which near as I can tell is translated MS, to make sure that he gets food and water until he dies. The reason their health minister gave was that feeding him would be a poor use of their socialized medicine funds and besides, it would give a precedent for patients to ask for treatments that their doctors did not think were in their best interests.

    This all takes place in Europe. But if I walk away and do not voice my opinion as loudly as I can, will it happen here? Given the Terri Schaivo case and the trend toward unaffordable health insurance here, I believe that it could.

  2. Mark J says:

    Becky, socialized medicine affects everyone, so you are well within your rights to protest it. The “just walk away” principle only works on things that don’t affect your freedoms. Socialized medicine takes away freedom from doctors, and from patients. Everybody is one or the other so no one can walk away from it.

    About “desensitizing society,” I don’t think I agree with you. Unless what the people are doing is limiting your freedom, on what ground can you complain? If you start talking about the common good of society, you’re heading down the path that leads to all the socialist crap that’s going on in Europe. America was build on personal freedoms, not the common good.

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